DROUGHT RESPONSE

California is facing a drought of historic proportions. For many years, CUWA agencies have been leading the way, investing in water conservation, storage, supply diversification, and development of more drought-resistant supplies to provide reliable, high quality water for nearly two-thirds of the state’s population (CUWA’s Water Supply Reliability Report, Policy Principles, Conservation and Water Use Fact Sheet, and Providing for California’s Water Supply Reliability and Affordability). Toward that end, CUWA has been working to advance water reuse (CUWA’s Water Reuse Update and Policy Principles) and taking steps to address future uncertainty of climate change (CUWA’s Climate Change Policy Principles). CUWA is also looking ahead to new technologies and measures to achieve future reductions, and is currently working with the Alliance for Water Efficiency to look specifically at new approaches to reduce outdoor water use.

Each CUWA member agency is now taking even stronger actions to conserve more water in support of the Governor’s calls for action on January 17, 2014 and April 25, 2014 and Executive Orders on April 1, 2015 and November 13, 2015 and the emergency water conservation regulations. The CUWA agencies are pursuing opportunities to coordinate with other agencies to help meet the state’s needs during the challenging conditions we face today. The agencies are already asking their customers for reductions of up to 20%, will continue tracking water supply conditions very closely, and take further action as needed. The agencies are also increasing their investment in local outreach and incentive programs to achieve near-term reductions. See individual agency websites for more information.